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4 SUVs Similar to the BMW X6

A BMW X6 is parked on a lake at dusk in this street view.

List of my favorite THREE cars similar to the BMW X6

  • 2023 BMW X5
  • 2023 Porsche Cayenne
  • 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

In 2015, BMW’s onslaught of SUVs took a  decisive turn with the launch of the large X6. Credited as the world’s first “crossover coupe”, with the 2023 BMW X6, BMW continues to build on the strong base it created close to a decade ago.

The 2023 X6 crossover gets brand-new bones. Based on the more-traditional X5, as well as some of the best powertrain options, BMW has to offer. This generation of X6 is at the apex of the segment and continues to create an entirely new segment niche for car companies to fill.

The 2023 X6 follows the trend of mixing and matching SUV and coupe body styles.  Coming with single-piece dual kidney grilles, standard 19-inch alloys, adaptive LED headlights that extend well out over the front fenders, and black mesh for the lower vents, this over-styled new arrival’s design is extremely busy, even by BMW standards. Yet, it is relatively less cumbersome than before.

Despite the X6’s busy exterior, the interior is elegant, functional, and more generously equipped. Once inside, you will notice how the fashionably slanted roof has sacrificed some headroom and storage space.

Unsurprisingly, the X6’s interior looks and feels like most other new BMWs-heated front sports seats finished in Vernasca leather upholstery, an automatic tailgate, and BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional infotainment set-up. The new but optional Climate Comfort package includes four-zone climate control.

Similarly, the Luxury Seating package comes optional. It adds ventilated front seats with extra power adjustments and massage functions. Heated seats in both rows and a heated steering wheel and armrests come standard. The latest model is arguably the best yet.

Of the X6’s two trim levels, the 40i is powered by a 335-hp inline-six engine turbocharged car that features a 48-volt hybrid system and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

On the other hand, the M50i comes with a more aggressive 523-hp twin-turbo and a powerful 4.4-liter V-8 with 553 pound-feet of torque. 523-hp twin-turbo V-8, but the same transmission and all-wheel drive.

The M50i’s horsepower sees it rocket to 60 mph in just 3.8 secondsone hour , while the 40i does so in 4.7 seconds.

The 2023 BMW X6 range of configurations is currently priced from $71,000 for the 40i and $90,000 for the M50i.

Though not as thirsty as before, fuel consumption for the 2023 BMW X6 is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. For 2022, the BMW X6 currently offers fuel consumption from 7.1 to 12.5L/100km and is available with the following fuel types: PULP, Diesel, and ULP.

For 2023, the all-wheel-drive-only X6 40i is rated at 21 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. While the much more powerful twin-turbo V-8 X6 M50i is rated at 16 mpg city and 22 highway.

When first launched in 2015, the BMW X6 then added a fifth seat to the interior of the five-door coupe-esque car. The 2023 X6 remains a five-passenger but four-door vehicle.

In a segment where pulling capability is often a low priority, the 2023 X6 has an impressive towing capacity. The 2022 BMW X6 carries a braked towing capacity of up to 3500 Kg. The 2023 BMW X6’s towing capacity ranges from 2700kg to 3500kg. When optioned with the available towing package, the maximum towing capacity for the 2023 X6 is 7200 pounds.

Thanks to the X6 development over the years, the once tiny segment is today occupied by many good options.

4 Cars Similar to the BMW X6

The 2023 BMW X6’s features and specs put it in comparative step with similar key rivals of……..

1. 2022 BMW X5

A photo of black BMW X5 at the parking near sea water.

First launched in 1999, the BMW X5 announced BMW’s first expedition into the world of SUVs. Since then, the model has evolved and contributed to the birth of the X6. Like the X6, this mid-sized luxury X5 effortlessly blends extravagance, flexibility, and performance in addition to some conventional BMW driving delights. Both bimmers continue to push boundaries in the large SUV class, delivering reliability, safety, performance, practicality, and tech.

Designed around the underpinnings of the BMW X5 wagon, it is not surprising that the BMW X6 is the spitting image of the X5. There’s little that differentiates the X6 from its earlier sibling. Like the X5, BMW’s latest X6 is an equally competitive SUV coupe.

Structurally and otherwise, the X6 shares virtually everything with the X5. This includes the X5’s handsome looks, large boot, high rear cabin, and an interior that’s relatively spacious, comfortable, and well-built.

The 2022 X5 comes with one of three distinct powertrains, each associated with a different model. Akin to the X6, Drive40i or xDrive40i X5s are powered by a 335-hp turbocharged inline-six and all three powertrains are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Exactly like the X6’s M50i, the X5’s is powered by 523-hp twin-turbo V-8. Upgrading to the plug-in hybrid model gives the X5 the ability to drive solely on electric power for short trips.

The 40i model is quick off the 0-60mph mark at 4.8, 0.1 slower than the X6. Like the X6’s, the X5’s M50i 523-hp twin-turbo V-8 enables it to deliver seriously punchy acceleration and rush to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

When it comes to price, the 2022 BMW X5 range of configurations is currently priced from $62,000 for the sDrive40i and $84,000 for the M50i-both are within the X6’s price range.

Fuel consumption for the 2022 BMW X5 is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The BMW X5 currently offers fuel consumption from 2.3 to 12.5L/100km- whereas the X6 consumes from 7.1 to 12.5- a similar maximum. The BMW X5 is available with three fuel types: PULP, Diesel, and Hyb/PULP, whereas the 2023 X6  only uses PULP.

On the highway, the X5’s 40i model rates at 28 mpg and the M50i at 20 mpg. This is comparatively slightly better than the X6’s 25mpg and 22mpg, respectively.

You don’t get a seven-seat option in the X6 as you do in some  X5 trims.

The BMW X5’s towing capacity ranges from 2700kg to 3500kg-exactly like that of the X6. However, the X6 has less cargo volume behind the rear seats. Holding only nine carry-on suitcases at the back. While the X5 accommodates 11.                                                                                

2. 2022 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne, portrait shot.

 Akin to the Z6, the Porsche Cayenne has terrific driving traits for an SUV.  In particular, the Cayenne caters to anyone who wants a luxurious SUV that’s also a kick to drive-as is the X6. Despite being a two-row luxury SUV with a heavy curb weight, similar to the X6, the Cayenne moves deliberately and gracefully.

Credited with the survival of the Porsche brand, the Porsche Cayenne looks every bit like the more aggressive variants. The overall face is broadly similar to last year’s model. Subjectively attractive, the Panamera-inspired headlights aren’t dramatically different from earlier generation Cayenne. The fascia and its horizontal intakes remain attractive.

Inside, the Cayenne is roomy and sturdily built. However, as far as gadgetry is concerned, for 2022, Porsche has left this to you to outfit as they like. Everything from the interior trim to the seatbelt colors to the surface materials can be individually selected.

Other than that, this latest generation of Porsche’s Communication Management (PCM) comes with enhanced support for Apple products, including wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a revamped navigation system has been revamped and voice-recognition software best able to recognize instructions.

Coming in the varied combinations of a base model 3.6-litre six-cylinder right through to a fiery twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8, some of the Cayenne’s trim levels talk to the X6. These include a chubby 355-hp turbo V-6, a plucky  434-hp twin-turbo V-6, and a 460-hp twin-turbo V-8 reserved for the performance-oriented GTS for more than remarkable acceleration. All engines pair with eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

However, unlike the X6, there’s a 455-hp plug-in hybrid to boot. The plug-in hybrid is called the E-Hybrid. It combines an electric motor and a turbocharged V-6 for a combined 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque-less than the X6’s 523hp. Speed-wise, the Cayenne is 0.5 seconds faster than the X6, it does 0-60mph in 4.2.

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne range of configurations is currently priced from $70,000 for the base Porsche Cayenne SUV up to $110,000 for the Porsche Cayenne GTS.

Fuel consumption for the 2022 Porsche Cayenne is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. Somewhat similar to the X6, the Porsche Cayenne is available with the following fuel types: Hyb/PULP and PULP.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid is the most economical of the Cayenne’s brood. Like the X6’s rating for the city, the E-Hybrid earns a combined city and highway rating of 21 mpg. It also has an all-electric range of 17 miles.

Similar to the X6’s more premium models, the base Cayenne and Cayenne S share a 22-mpg highway rating, but in the city, they’re rated at 18 and 17 mpg, respectively. The GTS has estimates of 15 mpg city and 19 highway.

Unlike the X6, the Cayenne is to be heard four-door, five-seater, its back seat is adjustable and provides plenty of stretch-out space. 

The Porsche Cayenne’s towing capacity ranges from 3000kg to 3500kg or up to 7700 pounds. However, some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options that can hamper towing capacity.

3. 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

A brand-new, pricey modern crossover is parked in an auto salon, front shot of a mid-range luxury SUV by Mercedes-Benz in blue.

While the 2023 Mercedes-Benz is yet to be released, by all descriptions it looks like an X6 and shares many other similarities. Possessing the round exhaust tips of the X6, the facelifted and heavily set GLE 53 SUV looks very much like BMW’s X6.

Coming with dark headlining and heavily tinted rear windows, the Mercedes-Benz GLE  Coupe’s corner intakes are slightly different. In addition, its round exhaust tips suggest additional horsepower.

Based on the spied design of the car, the GLE coupe will have a twin-turbo petrol in-line six-cylinder engine and horsepower of 429-hp.

Given the GLE’s estimated horsepower, it is estimated that the GLE Class will do 0-60mph in just over four seconds-in the same vein as the X6. It is reported that, despite a close to 2.5-tonne kerb weight, Mercedes-AMG says the GLE 53 can catapult from 0-100km/h in just 5.7sec.

Given the GLE’s estimated horsepower, it is estimated that the GLE Class will do 0-60mph in just over four seconds-in the same vein as the X6. It is reported that, despite a close to 2.5-tonne kerb weight, Mercedes-AMG says the GLE 53 can catapult from 0-100km/h in just 5.7sec.

The price range for the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will vary based on the trim level you choose. Starting at an estimated $60,000 for the Premium level, up to $67,000 (est) for the Pinnacle level, the GLE Class is within the X6’s price range.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is available in several variants and body types that are powered by Diesel, —, Hyb/PULP, and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.6L/100km for SUV /Diesel.

Unlike the X6, Mercedes-AMG has revealed that this will be a five-seat SUV whose extra 39mm of body length has gone into the rear passenger space for more legroom. Previous Mercedes-Benz GLE models have had seven seats standard on all but the entry-level model.

Similar to the X6, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class has a maximum towing capacity of 2700kg-3500kg or 7200pounds for the latest model when eventually available in 2023.

4. 2023 Range Rover Sport

Side view angle of the badass looking Land Rover Range Rover Sport Recharged in white colorway.

Also considered the “ultimate combo of luxury, performance, and off-road ability” the Range Rover Sport compares favorably with the X6 in that regard. Both are among the most popular premium SUVs available and are equally luxurious and comfortable to drive. This makes them both quite expensive to buy and run.

For 2023, the Range Rover Sport has been fully redesigned. It comes with fresh styling, a revamped cabin, and cutting-edge tech. As you can imagine, the cabin is premium and fitted with desirable tech, including Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro infotainment system and driver-assistance features to help with both on- and off-road driving. Memorably, an integrated air purification system is available and is said to reduce odors, bacteria, viruses, and allergens from the cabin.

Somewhat similar to the X6’s 40i, the Range Rover Sport’s entry-level engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. It is however different in that it employs a 48-volt hybrid system and makes 355 horsepower in the P360 SE and 395 horsepower in the P400 SE Dynamic. The fancy Autobiography trim exclusively plugs into a hybrid P440e setup and pairs an electric motor to the inline-six for a combined 434 horsepower.

Akin to the X6’s M50i, the P530 First Edition, comes with only a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine that also pumps out a robust 523 horsepower. Land Rover estimates the V-8 will reach 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds-slightly slower than the 50i’s 3.8 seconds.

Beware though, most luxurious cars come at a price and the Rover Sport is no different. Coming in four trims, the P360SE enters at $84,000.oo and lets the P530 exit at $123, 000. The most expensive X6, the M50i goes for $90,000 and is the most closely priced to the Rover Sport’s P400SE Dynamic.

According to Land Rover, the P360 and P400 models will deliver 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, while the V-8–powered P530 carries fuel economy estimates of 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. These figures equal or slightly beat those of the X6.

Unlike any of the X6’s models, the Range Rover Sport has a plug-in hybrid model that packs a 31.8-kWh battery, which Land Rover reports is good for a 48-mile electric driving range. 

Although the Rover Sport officially comes with five seats, this is not exactly the case. While front passengers are well catered for, with comfortable seats and plenty of adjustment, the arrangement in the rear is best suited to two occupants rather than three. The middle seat is high and narrow, and there’s not as much foot space.

Power-adjustable front seats come standard in the Range Rover Sports. However, a set of chairs with up to 22 ways of adjustability as well as massage, ventilation, and winged headrests is optional.

When it comes to towing, the 2022 and 2023 Range Rover Sport P400e HSE Silver, for instance, has a payload of between 2,500 and 3,500kg.

In case the list above is still not exhaustive enough for you, you might also investigate the following non-electric vehicles similar to the X6 which I would have loved to discuss time permitting:

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC (Cost range:$69-78,000), 2023 Land Rover Discovery (Cost range:$59-79,000)2023 Porsche Macan (Cost range:$59-84,000); 2022 Volvo XC90 (Cost range:$52-72,000);  2022 Genesis GV80 (Cost range: $51-78,000); Audi RS Q8 (Cost range:$121,000); BMW X4 (Cost range:$53-63,000); Lexus RX (Cost range:$50-70,000)

In the meantime, below are some frequently asked questions relating to the BMW X6 you might be interested in too.

BMW X6 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

White BMW X6 test driving at a dirt terrain somewhere at Adazi.

Q: Do you recommend buying the BMW X6?

A: The reality is that the chances of problems increases as the mileage climbs, so to expect a car to be trouble-free after 300,000 km is asking a lot. If the car you buy is in good condition, with a full-service history then you stand a good chance, but it’s important to maintain the servicing and be prepared to fix anything that breaks or wears out, and hope it’s nothing major. Other makes are subject to the same provisos.

Q: What is the common problem with BMW X6?

A: On the whole, this is an impressively robust car, with very few reported problems. There have been reports of electrical gremlins, mostly relating to starting, battery life, air-con, and sat-nav issues, and electrical warning lights.

Q: What is the fuel tank capacity of the BMW X6?

A: The fuel tank capacity of the BMW X6 is 83 Litres. The X6 comes with a Petrol Automatic Transmission which has a power of 335 bhp @ 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 450 Nm @ 1500 rpm.